Save Ancient Forest From Logging

Target: Jan Szyszko, Polish Minister of the Environment

Goal: Reverse rules which allow logging in protected old growth forests, including a UNESCO natural world heritage site.

Last year, Poland revised its forest management plan to allow for a threefold increase in logging activity, including logging in old growth forests which had previously been off limits. Now the European Union, conservationists and scientists fear that this devastating plan is pushing the primeval Białowieża Forest, a UNESCO natural world heritage site, to the “brink of collapse.” The forest, which spans the northeastern border of Poland and Belarus, is believed to be thousands of years old and represents the last remnant of the great untouched forests which once spanned across Europe prior to agriculture and other human activities. It has been described by some as Europe’s “Yellowstone.”

Poland has claimed that the logging is necessary to combat invasive bark beetles and to “return [the forest] to its previous state from the past when it delighted with its majesty and beauty,” viewing the deadwood littered forests as being “rotten”. However, the snags of dead trees and fallen logs on the forest floor provide a rich habitat for thousands of species of fungi and insects, which in turn support the thriving biodiversity that the forest boasts.

The European Union has criticized Poland’s stance and has ordered them to address their environmental concerns in one month or face possible fines. They cite evidence which shows that Poland’s Minister of the Environment, Jan Szyszko, has allowed for the indiscriminate logging of trees of all conditions, ages and species, regardless if they are infested by beetles. Many speculate that Szyszko, a forester himself, has vested interests in placing Poland’s forestry industry at a priority over protecting the environment.

Poland must not be allowed to continue destroying this ancient forest, which must be preserved for the sake of wildlife and future generations to come. Sign this petition to demand that the Polish Minister of the Environment reverse the rules allowing for the unsustainable logging of old growth forests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Szyszko,

Your agency last year decided to allow for the logging of old growth forests, including those on supposedly protected lands such as the Białowieża Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site. These actions now threaten the very existence of this forest, which has been described by some scientists as being on the “brink of collapse.”

You owe it to all future generations to preserve and protect this primeval forest, which has until now managed to escape human intervention. We urge you to comply with the European Union’s demands and cease this unsustainable and damaging logging.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jacek Karczmarz

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3 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop cutting trees!

  2. stop logging our forests! you are ruining a good thing, you idiots!

  3. NO LOGGING IN PROTECTED OLD -GROWTH FORESTS NOW. WE NEED THE TREES NOW YOU FOOLS.

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